Pemba is a quite pleasant town with a few market areas and a couple of decent eating and drinking options. Flor d’ Avinida offers espresso coffee, acceptable donuts, snacks and meals. For lunch i opt for a Hambeurga Completo at Mtc120 at Pemba Take Away and although the burger itself is only average it is served up with decent fries and salad. I eat an excellent and tender beef served with crispy fries and side salad for Mtc200 at Peroni’s.
The comfortable and centrally located Hotel Cabo Delgado has single rooms from Mtc550. It also has the advantage of being adjacent from the departure point for Quisanga as the entry point for the Quirimbas National Park and Archipelago.
Wimbi is some 5kms from the centre of Pemba and offers a very pleasant stretch of white sand beach with some upmarket hotels. Cheaper alternatives include Pemba Bay bush backpacker and Dive Centre, Pieter’s Place and Russel’s Place where i have opted to stay. It is a Mtc200-250 taxi ride from central Pemba. I take a single in a 6 bed dorm for Mtc400 and is quiet spot if a little far out for those wanting to take up diving options or be closer to Pemba. Fortunately it is quite self-contained with a good restaurant and free wifi.
Diving opportunities are available from both Pemba Dive centre and C I divers which Duncan recommends having undertaken his open water cert from here.
The area is particularly popular with South Africans buying up property, and numerous expensive yachts anchor in the bay.
The outrageously and somewhat tacky Palace Hotel offers decent homemade hamburgers at reasonable prices.
Strangely Tuk Tuks also feature as one of the transport options in both Pemba and Wimbi.